Late Autumn is one of my most favorite seasons, especially on the East Coast. There's a chill in the air and a slight hint of the upcoming holiday festivities. I've started my Thanksgiving menu and I've done a bit of Christmas shopping so I am definitely getting in the spirit.
November and December are some of the most fun and action-packed months which means they are the most exhausting too. Here's a few of my essential pieces to help you survive the chaos:
First up: beauty. Concealer, pressed powder and a pink lipstick. Hide your late night sins and freshen your face with a pretty pout.
Next up: sustenance. Fresh water, Starbucks (red cup mandatory) and a granola bar. Easy to tote and will help keep you going for a couple hours.
A metallic watch will keep you on time (more or less) while also doubling as a blingy bracelet when the moment requires. Double-duty accessorizing at it's finest.
Grab a pretty little notebook. Grocery lists, invitations and naughty/nice lists all tucked away nicely.
Stash everything in an extra large, extra luxe tote. I've chosen Bottega Veneta in a rich tobacco.
I melted when I saw this great calf hair baseball cap from J Crew. It's much more subtle than the oversize felt hats we usually see in Fall but still a really chic way to add a luxurious texture and pattern to your outfit, or even just to disguise some day-old tresses.
Balenciaga specs look cool and will take some of the strain off your eyes. Long days, late nights and contacts are not an ideal pairing.
A richly hued silk shirt is in keeping with the casual-luxury feel. I've taken the Journey into Night plum silk blouse and topped it with a slouchy sweatshirt from H&M. I love layering VAUGHAN silk shirts because it's an easy way to add a little interest without getting too bulky.
Slim cuffed chinos are my new go-to's. They look great paired with other neutrals but can also stand up to bold color. This pair is by Boy by Band of Outsiders but I also love Vince's version.
Finally, slip on some comfy, vintage-looking trainers. They're cool without trying too hard but they'll also save your soles as you traipse around town.